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Housing with Care plans to be discussed

Published Thursday, 17 December 2015

Four Housing with Care schemes are set to cease providing care and support as part of plans to improve accommodation for older people in Coventry.

The plans will also see an additional investment of £3m by Whitefriars Housing into older people’s accommodation. The £3m investment by Whitefriars will be used to refurbish Skipton Lodge and Halford Lodge following the cessation of care and support.  As well as external improvements, the internal layout will be remodelled to include new bathrooms, kitchens and improved communal areas.

The Cabinet will discuss the proposals on 5 January 2016. If approved, the decision will see care and support cease at four Housing with Care schemes as follows:

• Frank Walsh House, Hillfields – by September 2016
• Skipton Lodge, Upper Stoke – by September 2016
• Halford Lodge, Keresley – by March 2017
• Farmcote Lodge, Aldermans Green – by March 2017

Should the City Council approve the proposals, all permanent tenants will be relocated to new accommodation which is suited to their needs.

Consultation on the proposal took place over a 12 week period with 287 people, including affected service users, family carers, external partner groups and voluntary sector organisations in order to develop the recommendations which will be taken to Cabinet.

The £3m investment by Whitefriars as part of these proposals is in addition to the £4.9m redevelopment currently underway at Jack Ball House and George Rowley House following a previous consultation led by the City Council.  This investment will see both sites brought back into use as modern older people’s accommodation.

The two Learning Disability Day Centres based on the site of Frank Walsh House, Jenner8 and The Community Zone, will remain unchanged until at least March 2017. This ensures that the buildings can continue to be used to support people with a learning disability. This allows for time to develop alternative models of care with family carers, service users and third sector agencies.

The Council has previously committed to purchasing care and support at 52 tenancies at the new, purpose-built Earlsdon Retirement Village.

With the cost of this re-provision included, it’s estimated that the Council will save approximately £1m if the proposals are approved and implemented, following the reduced funding from central government and the Council’s ongoing financial challenges.

Cllr Kamran Caan, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Services, said:

“Although we understand that moving home can be unsettling for many people, we will work closely with all of the tenants in the schemes and their families and carers to ensure that we manage the changes and support people into accommodation that is suitable for their needs and fit for purpose.

“We are supporting the move to an improved accommodation offer which promotes independence as far as possible for people that require social care in Coventry’.

‘The additional investment of £3m from Whitefriars is welcomed, as this will help improve the standard of accommodation for older people in the City as a whole and as Chair of the Coventry Health and Well-Being Board I am well aware of the links between good housing and good health”.

Carmel McCarthy, Director of Housing and Neighbourhood Services from Whitefriars Housing, said:

 “Whitefriars is committed to upgrading our homes for older people to meet the changing needs of Coventry’s ageing population.  Jack Ball and George Rowley are the first schemes to be modernised as part of our five year strategy for older person’s accommodation and services.

“We will continue to work closely with Coventry Council to ensure their decommissioning programme goes as smoothly as possible. The welfare of our customers will always be paramount.

A decision will be taken on the recommendations by Coventry City Council’s Cabinet on Tuesday 5 January 2016. The papers can be viewed at: from 17 December.


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